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Pep Guardiola had the perfect response to whether Sergio Aguero was the greatest striker he's ever coached, after an incredible record breaking day for the Manchester City forward.
Aguero scored a hat-trick as City completely dominated Aston Villa 6-1 at Villa Park on Sunday and became the all time leading foreign goal scorer in the Premier League in the process.
After the match his manager was asked if the 31-year-old was the best striker he's ever coached. Guardiola answered saying 'the best is Messi' when probed if Aguero was the best number nine the manager perfectly summed up how good Messi is.
Reporter: "Is Aguero the best striker you've coached?"- Man City ' Superbia (@SuperbiaProeIia) January 12, 2020
Pep: "The best is Messi."
Reporter: "The best nine?"
Pep: "Messi is [the best] nine, ten, eleven, seven, six, five, four. But Sergio, [of] the rest, is absolutely one of them." #MCFC ' #ManCity pic.twitter.com/CmZ24eulWm
With six Ballon d'Ors to his name the Barcelona forward is rightly considered one of the best players of all time, so it's no wonder that his former manager named him as the best he's coached but it's no surprise Aguero is also on the list.
The hat-trick included his 175th, 176th and 177th goals in the Premier League, having joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, and took him above Thierry Henry as the foreign player with the most goals in the league, since its inception in 1993.
The three goals took him level with Frank Lampard in fourth place on the most goals scored in the Premier League with Andy Cole just 10 ahead in third place.
Aguero still needs 31 goals more to catch Wayne Rooney in second place and a further 52 goals to overtake Alan Shearer as the league's top scorer, which might be a stretch too far.
He did break one Shearer record on Sunday though as his hat-trick was his 12th in the league for City, beating the former Newcastle United forward's 11.
After the match Guardiola praised his forward saying, "All the players in the locker room congratulated him. To break this record of an incredible legend like Thierry Henry it means it's not just for a short period, it's many years.
"To be the foreign player with the most goals and hat-tricks speaks for itself.
"It's an honour to be here the day he achieved that, hopefully he can score more.
"There are players through the incredible history of English football and he is one of them, he helps to make the Premier League and English football better."
The Argentine's three goals along with two for Riyad Mahrez and one for Gabriel Jesus completed a rout that took City back into second in the league, though they still trail Liverpool by 14 points.
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